On my long-awaited vacation, I decided to go to Bali - from the gray colors of everyday life to plunge into the colorful world of the sea and beaches.
Bali Island Attractions
Do I need a visa to Bali?
The first pleasant surprise was that you did not need to apply for a visa to Bali. True, this ball goes to those who will stay on the island for no more than 30 days. Upon arrival in the country, a stamp is simply put in the passport. Is free! And that’s all! Whatever you say, it's nice.
Safely landed at Denpasar Airport and received the coveted stamp in my passport, I was a little confused. I’ll tell you directly - it’s one thing to look at brochures in a travel agency and it’s completely different to see everything with your own eyes. Now it’s clear why Bali’s rating is overwhelming. I bought a card about. Bali with its attractions in Russian and went on a trip. By the way, there are a lot of promotional products about Bali attractions with photos and descriptions.
Bali, what is he like?
Some facts. Bali is an integral part of the Malay Archipelago. This is a small island with an area of 5561 m 2. Geographically owned by the state of Indonesia. On the map, it is the smallest of the islands of the archipelago.
Why is this small island so attractive for tourists? There is no doubt that the beautiful sea is simply mesmerizing. The underwater world is colorful and diverse. By the way, for diving it is better to choose the east coast, the places there are simply amazing. And the shore! And the beaches with their infrastructure! And the waterfalls! All this is admirable. More about. Bali is known as the "island of a thousand temples." And this is not an exaggeration, rather, on the contrary - there are more than two thousand. I want to draw your attention to the fact that most of the temples on the island are operational. Therefore, when visiting them, observe the rules of decency. Temples and amazing local traditions allow you to plunge into the past, several centuries ago.
Features of national color
If in Bali you are interested not only in beaches and excursions, then you can try to plunge into the atmosphere of Indonesian culture. Work in the rice fields, visit the city of Ubud, where you can take part in various master classes (wood carving, silver jewelry making, batik painting and much more), go around the markets. Take an interest in what traditional holidays, festivals, ceremonies will take place during your stay on the island. All of them are accompanied by vivid theatrical shows. Dancing Lenong will amaze you with its beauty and enchantment. And, as it is not strange for us, the cremation ceremony looks quite spectacular. Look at everything that you see around you - and you will have something to remember.
National flavor of the island
Top Ten Best Places
The whole island is very beautiful and diverse. It will be equally attractive, both for lovers of lying on the beach, and for romantic travelers. The sights of Bali will not leave anyone indifferent.
Before I start talking about the best places in Bali. I will share with you that I visited there thanks to these guys: Bali.sputnik8.com
- Pura Tanah Lot - a small sacred structure, rarely open, is among the six most important temples of the island. It's better to come here in the morning, at dawn. There are few people at this time, and the rays of the rising sun paint an unforgettable picture. True, the sunset is simply delightful, but at this time there are many representatives of the local population, and in the silence it is unlikely to enjoy the sunset. This temple is located in the sea, on a small rock, on which waves break during the tide and create a miraculous fountain of azure spray. When you contemplate this miracle, it seems that you are out of reality - at the foot of the temple there is water, and then the sky. The temple seemed to freeze in the clouds. But in real life, you can reach him with your bare feet through the pleasant sea water. And there, in a mysterious cave, a sacred snake lives.
Pura Tanah Lot
- Rice terraces of атatiluvik is a place where time seems to freeze. Rice is grown manually - and the land is plowed, and grains are planted without using machinery. There are small footpaths that prudent guidebook compilers noted on the maps. Rice fields are cascaded on the hills. In the initial cycle, they are filled with water, then they delight the eye with the color of young greenery, and later you can see ears of corn in which rice ripens. By the way, on the terrace of Tegallalang, rice is planted in such a way that all the cycles of rice cultivation can be observed at the same time. If you have a desire to visit the role of a rice cultivator, pay a local penny and go ahead to the rice fields.
- The monkey forest is an extremely beautiful, simply fabulous place. The atmosphere of mystery is given to him by stone sculptures, centuries-old banyan trees, a temple, a fabulous bridge. Considering the huge creations, one is simply surprised not only by the subtleties of the work, but also by the intricacy of the fantasies of their authors. It seems that you are lost among the magnificent immovable inhabitants of this forest. Unlike monkeys. They are not only full owners here, but also such pranksters ... It's not that they are used to tourists, they just consider them their property. Therefore, my advice to you: do not yawn. Handbags, glasses, and other small things should be arranged so that they do not “accidentally” appear in these cute animals. Well, if the monkey crawls on your neck, then do not miss the opportunity and capture this.
- Volcano Batur. The most famous on the island are two volcanoes - Batur and Agung. Ascent to Batur is much easier than to Agung, so I’ll tell you about it. By the way, for lovers of beautiful horizons in the village of Kintamani there is a beautiful promenade terrace with which you can admire the Batur volcano and the nearby lake. I used the services of the local restaurant and, believe me, lunch with a view of the volcano will forever remain in my memory.
People with a craving for adventure can climb the volcano. In time, the rise will take 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Connoisseurs advise to climb at night, when it is not hot, and then you can admire the first rays of the rising sun on Batura. Those same experts say that this is just an unforgettable sight. As they say - no words. Climbing the volcano, you can walk near the crater. And on the sulfur leaving the volcano, even cook eggs or bake bananas. Wow! Sorry, I found out late. Nothing, next time I’ll definitely go!
- The town of Uluwatu. Tourists are most attracted here not so much by the temple of Pura Luhur Uluwara, but by the rock itself and the view that opens from it. The overview of the terrain is 180 0 (!). Take an unforgettable walk in the rays of the evening sun. Finding yourself on the edge of a cliff, cast your eyes down and with each of your cells feel what Eternity is. A small temple dominated by surging waves - what could be more symbolic! Yes, and do not forget the camera to take great photos as a keepsake.
- Secumpul Waterfall. I’m even at a loss how to say “waterfall” or “waterfalls” correctly. Two nearby waterfalls, consisting of several small ones, create a very colorful and memorable sight. They are full-flowing and beautiful. But not only in this charm. The path to Sekumpool is quite interesting. First we went through a small grove, fragrant with the aromas of cloves. She grows here on trees. Yes, that’s so simple.
Further, our path disappeared, and we began to descend the steps that led us to the gorge, where many flowers gave off a unique aroma. During the trip, we stop a couple of times to enjoy the waterfall. Having reached its foot, we capture this beauty in the photo, and then we bathe in its cold water. While at Sekumpool, do not deny yourself the pleasure of plunging into its waters. The charge of vivacity and good mood is guaranteed to you.
- Water palaces of Tirtha Ganga and Taman Ujung. Without any exaggeration, we can say that these are the pearls of Fr. Bali Perhaps at first this place may seem a little groomed. After all, the rule of the last Raja who lived here ended more than 70 years ago. He was fond of architecture and construction, he even studied it in Holland. This explains the huge number of fountains, canals and other creations associated with water. The ancient, slightly dilapidated palace of Tirth Ganges with many alleys, bridges, canals, fountains, stone mythical sculptures around cannot but be admired. And here gold carps live.
By the way, bring your bathing suits with you to plunge into the sacred waters of the local baths. Romantic guests of the palace can take advantage of the hotel’s services, which, incidentally, are managed by the descendants of the Rajah, in order to enjoy solitude in this park in the evening and at night. Noteworthy is Taman Ujung Palace. These are two completely different palace ensembles, but they are both beautiful. You will get real pleasure walking along the amazing alleys of these parks.
- Gunung Kawi Tombs are located in a cave. After passing the 371th step, you will see the royal tombs, which were carved into the rock many centuries ago. Gloomy? In fact, this is not so. On top of tall tombs grow palm-caressed and quite modern palm trees. Near the 10th royal tombs, a temple and monastic cells for meditation, a rivulet flows, banyan trees entwined with vines grow, rice cascading fields are cultivated. Standing at the royal tombs, you understand what a fine line separates the past and the present.
- Abandoned hotel in Bedugul. It should be noted that this is a modern building, which, for some reason, does not function. But thanks to its exquisite style of building with bas-reliefs, stairs, arbors and statues, it deserves our attention. For the sake of objectivity, it should be noted that this abandoned hotel is more popular among Russian-speaking tourists. As conceived by the architect, guests at the main entrance are greeted by large columns and statues. For the convenience of holidaymakers, balconies and terraces are provided, which offer simply gorgeous mountain views. If you are lucky with the weather, you can see a delightful sunset. And arbors, drowning in fresh air, filled with the astringent smell of needles, are invited to a picnic.
- Mountain lakes Buyan, Tamblingan, Bro and Oolong Temple. No one will argue that the nature of Bali is vibrant and colorful. But its mountain lakes are simply amazing with its pristine beauty. The mountains seem to protect them from a crushing civilization. And the fog that has descended on the road adds a bit of mysticism to our journey. True, on the same road there is a completely civilized viewing platform, with restaurants and cafes. And here, locals show tourists pythons, iguanas and ... flying foxes, whose performance made me an unforgettable impression. On Lake Bratan there is a small temple of Oolong Danu Bratan. Try to visit it at dawn in order to enjoy the unusual atmosphere inherent in the morning rites of the Indonesians.
Cultural Capital Ubut
In the central part of about. Bali is the resort city of Ubut. It is quite unusual, as it consists of more than a dozen surrounding villages. Without exaggeration, it can be called the center of handicraft and the cultural capital of the island. It is here that you will find a huge selection of handmade gifts and souvenirs that are sold in artisan shops. The fact is that this is the main fishing of the local population. Masters of wood carving and stone carving, painting in batik style (drawing a picture on fabric), artists and jewelers will offer their work to you.
In Ubut you will also find many galleries, museums, alternative medicine centers that you should definitely visit.
Come here for a few days. To visit Ubut for several hours is the same as breathing in the aroma of expensive wine, but not sipping it. It is almost an hour's drive from Ubut to the sea, but it is very popular with tourists.
Probably because it is a cozy, quiet and calm city that keeps the traditions of its people.
What needs to be done in Ubud:
- Visit the Art Market (local souvenir market)
- Take a walk in the Monkey Forest (tropical forest reserve with more than 200 monkeys)
- go on an excursion to the Palace (local attraction),
- visit a massage parlor (good for health),
- order healthy food in an organic cafe (learn something new),
- try yourself in the role of local artisans by attending workshops (informative).
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Kuta - life is seething here
Kuta is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, which is very popular, it is always noisy and crowded. The coastline is wide, sandy, with a gentle descent into the water. The waves roll out onto the golden sand, and do not break on coral reefs. For fans of surfing, this is just the perfect place, there are no underwater cliffs. Yes, and you can ride at least the whole day - renting surfboards is no problem. Those who want to learn how to conquer the waves can attend a surf school. There are many of them, so be sure to find what you are looking for. By the way, there are many Russian-speaking surf instructors.
For lovers of swimming, this is not the most ideal place, you should choose the places indicated by yellow-red flags. There are also a huge number of different souvenir shops and boutiques. Those who wish can use the services of massage therapists or simply relax in a cozy cafe, watching the amazing sunset. And also, being in Kut, do not forget to visit:
- Park of birds and reptiles. These are two different places, although they are in close proximity. Tickets for visiting each park are bought separately. Park of birds. Its area is 2 hectares. Here, more than 250 species of birds are collected that are not afraid of visitors, they can be fed, but only with the permission of the park workers. The reptile park is not so large, but there is also something to see here. In addition, it periodically holds crocodile fights.
- Waterpark Waterbum. Its area is 4 hectares and they are all just full of attractions. It is the largest water park in Bali. If you are a lover of bright relaxation, then Waterbum is for you. Opening hours from 9.00 to 18.00. By purchasing a subscription, you are free to leave the territory of the park, and then return again. In the event that you expect to spend a long time in the park, you better order a gazebo. For an additional fee you will get a place to relax, as the demand for sun loungers exceeds the supply.
- Pura Temple Taman Ayun. The entire territory of the temple is divided into three parts: the entrance to the territory, the road to the temple and the temple. It should be noted that tourists are prohibited from entering the temple. But, believe me - and without this you will see a lot of beautiful and interesting.
- Pura Temple Tanah Lot. This is an active temple. It is located in the sea on a small rock. At that moment, when the waves break on the stones, and myriads of spray connect with the sky, it seems that the temple is in the clouds. That's very beautiful. Here you can take the best photos of your trip. You can get to him barefoot on a small isthmus, entrusting seawater to caress his legs.
- Hotel Hard Rock Hotel. When decorating the hotel, the costumes of artists and musical instruments were used, which allowed to create a regal atmosphere of rock culture.In addition to 418 rooms and suites, the hotel has bars, restaurants, swimming pools, a night club, a children's area, and a spa. There are also places for business meetings and negotiations. The entire hotel is conditionally divided into thematic zones. But real life in it begins at night, when disco lights and music sounds arrange their ball here. I am very far from rock. But the memories of this night disco are now for me the best cure for a bad mood.
Hotel Hard Rock Hotel
Densapar - the capital of Bali
In the heart of the city is Puputan - the main square. Next to her on a huge turtle surrounded by dragons rises the temple of Pura Jagatnath, built of corals. Going a little further, we find ourselves in the Museum of. Bali, where from the number of exhibits in the form of masks, daggers, paintings, sculptures, sarcophagi, eyes just run up. This is an amazing sight, it will be interesting for both adults and children. Also, museum visitors can familiarize themselves with the reproduction of the architecture of local palaces and temples. Not far from Puputan Square stands the four-headed statue of the god Brahma.
When you are in Denzapar, be sure to visit the Maospahit temple. It is somewhat unusual, as it was created without a single architectural decoration.
But inside the temple there are several courtyards with very intricate statues.
I also recommend visiting the Center for the Arts, which is located at the exit of Denspara in the direction of Sanur. Walk through the halls of the island’s art museum, get acquainted with the paintings of art galleries, and, most importantly, visit the amphitheater, which can simultaneously host up to 600 spectators. Every June, a grand dance festival is held in its arena, which amazes its spectators with enchantingness and scale. Alas, I was not lucky to visit it, but the performance (they are held here regularly) was striking in its colorfulness.
If you go to Bali with children, then places are better than just not to find Jimbaran. Due to the fact that small beaches “hid” in the bay, the sea waters are quiet and calm, and the coastal strip is long and sandy. A feature of the beaches of Jimbaran is the huge number of fish and other seafood dishes served right on the coast.
To really enjoy your vacation, I recommend visiting one of the beach clubs located on the beach. By paying for the entrance or making an order for a certain amount, you will get the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of civilization (deck chairs, shower, toilet, sometimes a pool), not to mention a romantic dinner on the beach with the contemplation of the sunset.
At this amazing sight come not only tourists, but also local residents.
Amed - a paradise for diving enthusiasts
Amed is a small village located in the east of the island. Its main attraction is a huge 120-meter transport ship from the Second World War, which sank at a depth of several tens of meters. Now it has turned into a huge monster, overgrown with corals and has become home to carnaks and other fish.
A little further rises the coral wall, smoothly extending into the depths of the sea. Fans of diving can see here sun fish (maul-maul), dog-tooth tuna, hammer fish. If you dive a little further, into the Gray Secret, then you can watch the fish-needle, fish-frog and mimic octopus, which is famous for copying the behavior of other marine inhabitants.
In Bali, everything is beautiful, touching and simply unforgettable. I don’t want to leave from here. I want to come back here again and again, to go not only on excursion paths, but to turn onto narrow local paths and plunge headlong into that, another life incomprehensible to us. Next time, I personally will. See you in Bali!
1. Ubud city
Ubud is located away from the beach resorts of the island. It is known as the cultural center of Bali due to its many galleries, museums, workshops and antique shops. It often hosts international art festivals. Hotels and restaurants of the city are created according to individual design projects. Ubud is surrounded by picturesque terraces of rice fields, which are located on the slopes of the volcanic ridge.
2. Ubud Monkey Forest
The monkey can be considered an unofficial symbol of Bali. On the island there are several places for group living of these animals. One of them is in Ubud. This is a forest of monkeys, which is considered sacred among the Balinese; on its territory is the temple of Pura Bukit. Numerous inhabitants of the forest are not at all afraid of tourists. They make great contact with people, sometimes they even become very impudent and steal sunglasses, jewelry and everything that is bad in the bag.
3. Waterpom Bali Waterpark
The water park covers an area of 4 hectares. It is famous not only for its water attractions and pools, but also for its numerous tropical gardens and magnificent spa salons. After an exciting roller-coaster ride, tourists will be offered relaxing Balinese massages, mineral baths or a boat ride on a quiet river. The water park has a floating bar and a restaurant where you can enjoy local coffee.
4. Water Palace of Tirtha Gangga
The architectural and park complex with numerous ponds, fountains and canals, which are interconnected by alleys and bridges. It was erected in 1946 for the royal family. Despite its relatively young age, the palace looks like an ancient landmark due to its traditional architecture and high humidity, due to which the walls of the buildings are overgrown with green moss in a few months.
5. Ujung Water Palace
Ujung Palace, like Tirta Gangga, was built by the last king of the Karangasem dynasty, who received an architectural education in Holland. The complex was built in a mixed architectural style. In its outlines, you can see European and Balinese features. The palace was built in 1921, but after the earthquake of 1976 it stood for a long time abandoned. Recovery was carried out in the period 2001-2003.
6. Agung Rai Museum of Art
The museum is located in the city of Ubud. It was opened in 1980 at the expense of the patron and collector Agung Rai. The collection is dedicated to Indonesian painting, starting from the period of the Middle Ages and ending with the beginning of the XXI century. There are also rare works of European artists who lived and worked in Bali. The space of the museum is actively used to organize temporary exhibitions.
7. Pacific Museum
The museum exhibits a unique collection of artists from the Asia-Pacific region. The museum funds store the work of more than 200 masters. The gallery is also known for its extensive collection of antiques. The space of the museum is divided into 11 halls dedicated to different directions in art. Five rooms display paintings by Indonesian artists.
8. Nek Museum
The museum bears the name of its founder, a local artist and collector, Suteji Nek, who is the son of the famous Balinese woodcarver Vayana Nek. The gallery was opened in 1982. Suteji devoted his life to the study of Bali culture, the development of art in Indonesia, and collecting. The exposition of the Neka Museum consists of traditional paintings in the Wayang style, photographs, sculptures made of wood and bronze.
9. Rice terraces of Jatiluvi
Rice terraces are a famous and popular attraction of Bali. They are located in the west of the island on the slopes of Mount Batukaru. Jatiluvi is not only a tourist attraction, but also real agricultural land. Special rice varieties are grown here. Terraces are located at 700 meters above sea level. The object is included in the list of natural attractions of UNESCO.
10. Temple of Pura Tanah Lot
The temple is located on a rock washed by sea waters, so you can get into it by land only at low tide. Pura Tanah Lot is a particularly revered temple. It is believed that every Balinese should visit him at least once in his life. Climb to the top of the cliff and visit the temple only believers can, tourists are not allowed to go further than the stone stairs, so you have to photograph the building from afar.
11. The Temple of Pura Besakikh
Pura Besakih is the main complex of Hindu temples in Bali. It consists of 22 religious buildings located on the terraces at the foot of the Gugung Agung. Locals call the complex "The Mother of All Temples." Together with the mountain, it is considered the main holy place in Bali. Unfortunately, tourists are allowed to enter the first level of Besakih Pura, only Hindus can go further.
12. Uluwatu Temple
The temple is located in southern Bali. It was erected to protect the island gods from the attack of sea demons. The building is located on the very edge of a sheer 90-meter cliff. The temple was founded in the 11th century by Javanese brahmanas. On its territory, the goddesses Rudra and Devi Laut are worshiped. Religious ceremonies are held in the courtyard, where public access is closed, but tourists can visit the outer courtyard.
13. Temple of Tirtha Empul
The temple complex is located near the village of Tampak Syring. It is surrounded by rice fields and rainforests. It is believed that Tirta Empul was founded more than thousands of years ago near a natural spring, where the god Indra healed his warriors and gave them a new life. People come to the temple to collect water from a healing spring and take a bath in one of the temple pools.
14. Gunung Kavi Temple
It is believed that Gunung Kavi was founded in the XI century, so it is the oldest cave temple on the island of Bali. The complex is a system of caves carved into the rock. Using the stone stairs, you can go down to the sacred temple spring. On the territory of Gunung Kavi there are royal tombs, indicated by funerary towers and bas-reliefs. Locals believe that the temple is a powerful place of power of the island.
15. Bratan Lake and Pura Oolong Danu Temple
The main water temple of Bali is located at Lake Bratan, which is located at an altitude of more than 1200 meters above sea level. The complex is a symbol of the island and one of its most popular attractions. The lake is considered sacred, as it provides water for irrigation of surrounding agricultural land. Pura Temple Oolong Danu was built in the XVII century under King Mengwi in honor of the goddess of water.
16. The Elephant Cave - Goa Gaja
An ancient cave temple located near the city of Ubud. “Goa Goja” is translated from Indonesian as “elephant cave”. Apparently, the temple received such a name thanks to the bas-relief located at the entrance. It vaguely resembles the face of an elephant. Another explanation is hard to come up with, since the elephants themselves in Bali have never been found. Inside the temple are sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist gods. The cave complex was discovered in the middle of the 20th century.
17. Bat Cave - Goa Lavah
The cave system, which is the oldest Shaivist sanctuary. As the name implies, a large number of bats live here. One of the legends claims that at the beginning of the 20th century in one of the caves was a huge statue of a dragon. Once the Dutch entered and, frightened, shot a sculpture of rifles. That very night they disappeared without a trace. According to another legend, a 30-kilometer underground passage leads from Goa Lavah to Pura Besakih.
18. Bird Park in Bali
The natural area with more than 250 species of birds brought to the island from different parts of the Earth. Most birds fly freely in the park, and quite spacious cages are built for the rest. In the Balinese bird park there are several species of parrots, peacocks, toucans, prehistoric cassowary and many other species. Some birds can be fed on their own.
19. Safari and marine park
A huge park with over 60 species of exotic animals, including Komodo dragons and white tigers. Tourists are transported around the territory, as during an African safari. There are restaurants in the park where you can enjoy traditional Balinese food and overnight bungalows. The marine part of the reserve is home to a huge number of fish species brought from different seas.
20. Elephant Park in Bali
Bali is not the homeland of elephants. These huge animals were brought here from the island of Sumatra and organized a nursery park. On its territory you can observe the habits of elephants, ride on the back of an animal or feed elephants, it will also be interesting to visit a small museum. The park was organized by a passionate Australian N. Mason. In addition to the elephant zone, there are rice fields and green walking paths.
21. Bali Barat
A nature reserve covering an area of 760 km². Within it are tropical forests, savannahs, mangroves and swamps, the jungle and highland plains. In the marine part of the reserve there are several beaches, very popular with divers, and a large coral reef. The animal world is represented by dozens of species of birds and mammals. Most of the reserve is closed to visitors, movement is possible only on special trails.
22. Volcano Agung
Mount Agung is the highest point of Bali (3142 meters) and a sacred place for the inhabitants of the island. According to one of the common legends, the volcano was created by the Hindu god Pasupati. Over the entire history of observations, Arung erupted four times, as a result of the last cataclysm in the XX century, more than 2 thousand people died. Several pedestrian routes of medium difficulty are leading to the summit; climbing takes about 6 hours.
23. Volcano Batur
Gunung Batur is located in the northeastern part of the island; the mountain reaches a height of 1717 meters. In the pit at the top is a volcanic lake. The volcano is active, the last eruption was recorded in 2000. Gunung Batur is a popular natural attraction. Climbing to its top takes about an hour and a half. From almost two kilometer high picturesque views of the island open.
24. Tegenungan Waterfall
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali, located 16 km. from the city of Denpasar. An observation deck for tourists is located at the top of the water stream, from where you can admire the fall of powerful jets. Below are the baths and a small temple. Tegenungan is located in the bed of the Petanu River, which is considered sacred among the Balinese. In the evenings, you can watch a picturesque sunset from the observation deck.
25. Secumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul is located in the northern part of Bali near Singaraj. Water flows gain maximum power during the rainy season. It was during this period that the waterfall is especially picturesque. Secumpul is a group of six waterfalls that fall into a deep lake at the foot of a cliff. The road to the attractions runs through rice fields, cliffs over the abyss and fern thickets.
26. Waterfall Mounduk
The waterfall is located around Lake Tamblingan. It is a powerful stream of water, as if escaping from a rock overgrown with dense jungle. For Balinese waterfalls, this form is very characteristic. At the height of the tropical rain season, the Mounduk is filled with maximum power. So far, there are few tourists in the waterfall area, since the main routes pass away from this place.
27. Nusa Dua Beach
Nusa Dua is a great place for sunbathing and swimming in the clear waters of the ocean. The beach is located in the southern part of Bali. There is no tourist infrastructure and any significant attractions, after sunset, life in the vicinity of the beach is "dying out". The place will be interesting first of all to lovers of nature and solitude, seeking tranquility and peace of mind.
28. Balangan Beach
The beach is not very suitable for swimming due to the abundance of algae and inconvenient entry into the water.It is famous for its picturesque natural views, so there are still quite a lot of visitors here. The beach is surrounded by cliffs, where you can enjoy the sea surface and take spectacular photos. Under appropriate weather conditions, the Balangan is great for surfing.
29. Pandava Beach
Pandava is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali, it is located in the southern part of the island. Despite the fact that the beach was opened relatively recently, a decent tourist infrastructure has already been created on it, which includes a cafe, rental of water vehicles and beach equipment. The coastal strip of Pandava is quite long, on both sides it is bounded by rocky ledges.
30. The artists trail
A hiking trail with a length of about 3 km., Which begins in Ubud and passes through picturesque hills, fields and the jungle. The best time to walk along the Artists Trail is early in the morning, while the hot sun has not yet begun to mercilessly scorch with its red-hot rays. During the hike along the route, you can take magnificent panoramic pictures or pose against the backdrop of lush Balinese greenery.
Of the attractions created by nature itself, it should be noted the volcano Agung, which is the highest point of Bali. Its height reaches 2997 meters. For local residents, it acts as a sacred mountain. Only five cases are known when the volcano showed its activity.
Tourists have the opportunity to climb to the top with guides to meet the dawn there. From above, a magnificent panorama of the island, illuminated by the first rays of the sun. The group usually leaves late in the evening and moves within 3-4 hours to their destination.
- Location: in the eastern part of the island.
- Exit to the top: usually at 23:00.
- Cost: about 1,000,000 IDR per person.
Tirtha Ganga Palace
At the site of the current construction, there was previously a huge fresh spring, which made it possible to provide rice fields in the vicinity with water. The last local ruler founded a water palace here. It may seem that the structure is very ancient, but in fact it was erected in 1946.
The palace is a complex consisting of numerous fountains and ponds. Everywhere there are figures of gods and animals. The object itself is divided into three levels that personify the worlds of Hinduism of Bali. The main building is a fountain, consisting of 10 tiers.
- Location: 8 km from Amlapura.
- Visit time: daily from 6:00 to 18:00.
- Cost: for adults - 35,000 IDRs, for children - 15,000 IDRs.
There is an interesting cultural attraction in Bali - this is a museum dedicated to the art of the Asian and Pacific regions. The institution appeared in 2006. One Balinese businessman, together with a collector from France, presented for display works of art.
The entire exhibition is located in 11 rooms. They contain art from many countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Now the collection contains more than 600 exhibits.
- Location: in the tourist area of Nusa Dua.
- Work time: all days of the week - from 10:00 to 18:00.
- Cost: for adults - 100,000 IDR, children under 10 years pass for free.
One of the most picturesque attractions in Bali is a waterfall, which is located in the northern part of the island. It feeds on two sources, so it almost always looks very powerful. Approaching the waterfall at a distance of 30 m, you can get wet quickly enough.
Among tourists, this attraction is not very popular, since getting to it is problematic. However, this creation of nature is worth seeing for every vacationer in Bali.
- Location: near the resort of Lovina.
- When to watch: best from November to April.
- Cost: 15,000 IDR.
Monkeys can often be seen on the island, but a whole forest of primates is located in a small reserve on the southern outskirts of Ubud. This is a great place for leisurely day walks. A huge number of branching trees allows you to hide from the heat.
The monkey forest is not a wild place, the infrastructure is well developed here. There is an exhibition hall, a first-aid post, parking, a dining room and other facilities necessary for a comfortable visit.
- Location: Ubud city.
- Opening hours: daily from 8:30 to 18:00.
- Cost: for adults - 30,000 IDRs, for children - 20,000 IDRs.
Bali's modern entertainment attraction is the Waterbom water park, which covers an area of about 40 thousand square meters. The designers of the complex responsibly approached the problem of environmental protection. Water is purified without chemicals.
In the water park you can visit a small spa, spend time in one of the bars or restaurants. Specialized establishments also offer tasting juices squeezed from fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Location: Kuta is a resort area in the southern part of the island.
- When to visit: the institution works seven days a week - from 9:00 to 18:00.
- Tickets: adult - 535000 IDN, children - 385000 IDN.
Those tourists who are more familiar with the highlands and beautiful landscapes can go to the botanical garden located in the central part of the island. The collection of the park is very extensive. Here visitors will enjoy the views of rare flowering plants of the tropical zone.
The Botanical Garden is not only a place for vacationers, but also a scientific center for the study of various types of plants. Here, work is underway to preserve rare representatives of the tropical flora.
- Location: central part of bali.
- How does it work: from 8:00 to 18:00 seven days a week.
- Admission Price: 20,000 IDR.
Museum of Antonio Blanco
The house where the famous artist Don Antonio Blanco lived and worked, now houses an interesting museum. The establishment is located on a hill, which offers excellent views of the valley with lush vegetation. The exposition consists of paintings and illustrations for works.
The main theme of the work is dedicated to women. In the museum you can see numerous portraits with nudity. Some creations cause a smile, but there are those that are perplexing.
- Where is: Ubud city.
- How does it work: daily from 9:00 to 17:00.
- Cost of visit: 80,000 IDR.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
If you want to see specific landscapes, then you should look at unusual rice fields. They are formed according to a special system, which became known back in the VIII century. The wavy terraces created on the hillsides contain water. In such pools the blue sky is reflected.
There is a path between the terraces, you can walk along it at any time. Artists and nature lovers love to visit this place. It will not hurt ordinary tourists to come here to enjoy the views.
- Location: north of Ubud.
- Visit time: in the daytime.
- Input: is free.
The easternmost temple complex in Bali is Lempuyang. For tourists, this place is interesting in terms of architecture. At a height of 1058 meters you can climb the numerous steps carved into the rock. From the top you will be able to see the Agung volcano and enjoy beautiful views of the rice terraces.
You will also be able to climb up a gentle road, but in this case you will have to spend much more time. It starts at a small village and runs directly through the forest.
- Location: in eastern Bali.
- Visit: daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
- Expenses: traditional clothing rental - 50,000 IDR.
Ujung Water Palace
In 1921, a water palace was opened in Bali, in the architecture of which European features can be traced. He is sometimes even compared with Peterhof and Versailles. And this is well deserved, because the Dutch masters were involved in the development of the project. The building was erected in two years.
Tourists can wander around the premises of the palace. It will immediately become clear how members of the royal family lived in the 20th century. On the walls will be able to see their photos. If desired, you can ride a boat.
- Location: a few kilometers from Amlapur.
- Working hours: throughout the week from 7:00 to 19:00.
- Entrance ticket: 20,000 IDR.
Taman Ayun Temple
Visitors to the temple complex will definitely appreciate the traditional architecture, a beautiful garden with lotuses and several ponds. This object was erected in 1634 by the ruler of that time. The appearance of buildings clearly visible strokes of Chinese architecture.
In 1937, a large-scale reconstruction was carried out, which also influenced the appearance of the temple. Now the complex includes four zones located on three terraces located at different levels.
- Location: Mengwi Village.
- Visit Hours: daily from 9:00 to 16:00.
- Expenses: admission is 20,000 IDRs.
More than three dozen elephants of an endangered species inhabit the territory of the Balinese park. It should be noted right away that these animals do not belong to the representatives of the fauna of the island. They were here on the initiative of the current owners of the park. They were brought from Sumatra when there was a massive deforestation.
The owners of the park throughout the whole time improved the infrastructure, making this place more comfortable for visitors. Now on its territory there is a museum, a souvenir shop, a restaurant and many other institutions.
- Location: Taro village.
- How does it work: every day from 8:00 to 18:00.
- Ticket price: for adults - 295,000 IDR, for small children discounts are provided.
One of the main archaeological sites of Bali is a cave, founded in the IX-XI centuries. It was discovered by Dutch scientists in 1923. The condition of this find was quite good. It is believed that there was a sanctuary.
The outer part of the cave is decorated with intricate ornaments, everywhere there are images of elephants and other animals. Inside are concentrated grottoes of various sizes with ancient monuments.
- Location: near the village of Bedulu.
- Visit time: daily from 8:00 to 18:00.
- Input: 15,000 IDR.
Many tourists who have seen the sights of Naples, Paris, Berlin and other major cities in Europe, after visiting Bali, in any case, will gain new sensations. They will really be surprised not only by the sights of the island, but also by the features of nature.
You can stay both in half board and in the hotel, where all inclusive. It all depends on financial capabilities. If desired, it will be possible to rent private housing in a particular region.
Mountain village with a temple
The small mountain village of Bedugul is located off the southern shore of Lake Danau Bratan.
Its location is the crater of a long extinct volcano.
Located at an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level.
The village has a whole range of attractions that attract tourists to the temple sacred to the local population. It honors the goddess who brings fertility.
The shores of Lake Danau Bratan is covered by a magnificent botanical garden. In it you can see various orchids and a huge number of exotic trees.
Separately in the botanical garden are the Cactus Garden and the rose garden.
All this exotic beauty has become home to a huge number of tropical bird species.
Bedugul is also famous for its local market Bukit Mungsu. Here you can buy a variety of plants and spices.
Bedugul has a cool climate. Ideal for growing berries and vegetables. The area is famous for strawberry plantations, where it keeps ripe all year round. Local cafes offer tourists a special dessert dish, something like pizza. Pizza supplement - strawberries and ice cream.
Farmers are engaged in the cultivation of tamarillo, reminiscent of the usual pomegranate for us.
There is an abandoned hotel in the village, the past of which has mystical roots. Local legend says that one afternoon, during the rain, all of its guests disappeared, including the owner. True or not, one can only guess.
Oolong Danu Temple
Located at the sacred Lake Bratan near Gunung-Katur Mountain, the second largest in Bali. The lake is considered sacred and is the place of ablutions, which the Balinese do for cleansing every year.
Local legends say that a swimmer in the lake will be young and healthy for many years.
The temple complex itself is located on the islets of the lake and is almost inaccessible. But there is a part of the temple, located on the coast, which you can see.
The temple is dedicated to the goddess Devi Dan, the patroness of rice. The local population prays here in the morning, asking her for a good harvest. The rice crops here are beautiful, as the lake irrigates the soil - this is the guarantee of a good harvest of local farmers.
The place is very attractive for those who love photography. You can take beautiful photos from the shore: landscapes in the fog that covers multi-tiered pagodas, exotic plants and high mountains.
Not far from the temple is a garden. In it you can see iguanas, snakes, bats. Beautiful photos will turn out if you take them against the background of bushes or flowers.
For children there is a special playground for games with entertainment.
There is an opportunity to do outdoor activities. These are excursion trips by boats and boats, which will be offered by local residents.
They can reach the inaccessible part of the water temple.
Tanah Lot Temple
On the island, the main religion is Hinduism, dating back to antiquity. One of Bali's most famous attractions is Tanah Lot. It is believed that this temple was built by a brahmana named Nirartha.
According to legend, he was here because of the divine glow emanating from the island's spring. This spring is now considered sacred and healing from diseases.
At the entrance to the temple, visitors can see statues in the sarongs. The Balinese faith says that the whole lower part of man belongs to the demon.
These are precisely the places that must be hidden so that the demon cannot see them. Therefore, sarongs can be seen not only in public, but also in trees, statues and monuments. Residents of the country sacredly believe that at night the statues come to life, and therefore they must be worn. I am glad that this custom does not apply to tourists.
For the convenience of tourists, the temple has a small restaurant where you can not only have a bite to eat, but also enjoy beautiful panoramic views. There are also souvenir shops with local products.
Tourists can walk around the temple complex. Only a Hindu can get into the temple itself and at the ceremonies taking place in it.
In this temple, the role of protection from evil spirits is played by sea snakes. They feel great not only in water, but also on land.
An excursion to such a place will surely appeal to any of the tourists.
Gunung Batur Volcano
Batur Volcano is located in the north-eastern part of the island and is considered active. His last activity dates back to the 21st century. Despite this, you can see the adjacent beautiful mountains.
Tourists can take pictures of him, explore the surrounding wildlife or have a picnic. It is possible to ride bicycles.
Palaces of Tirtha Ganga
The palaces of Tirtha Ganga are called water palaces. It is a labyrinth with pools, fountains, surrounded by a garden and stone statues.
It covers an area of about a hectare. Built for 2 years. The volcano Agung, the eruption of which occurred in 1963, it was almost completely destroyed, but it was reconstructed. Its central place is a high fountain with many levels.
It is located on the lake and is surrounded by rice terraces and hills. Its pools have stone bowls. You can walk along them to admire very beautiful fish. A beautiful impression is left by the most beautiful landscapes, in which fountains, bridges and statues fit. Fish is allowed to feed, paying, you can swim in the pool.
This palace resembles Italy or the south of Europe. For a real photographer, this is a sea of unique pictures.The main time for visiting the palace by tourists is the first half of the day.
At the entrance there is a small cafe where you can have a tasty snack.
The surroundings of the palace are dotted with temples that must be visited.
Pura Temple Lempuyang Luhur
Consists of lower and upper parts. The upper part is already in the jungle, to get to it you need to overcome 1,700 degrees.
It will take at least an hour, or even more. Not many tourists decide on such a rise, although the panoramic view from there is extraordinary.
You can go up to see Mount Agung. The animals here are aggressive, this must be remembered. It is advisable to visit this place with local guides.
There is a park on the island of Bali, the territory of which is populated. Here are 6 existing settlements, whose population is different from each other.
A very small part of the park is open for visitors, as it is considered a reserve.
The question is, how can I visit it? You can do this:
- Taking a walk.
- Buy a boat trip.
- Go diving.
There are 2 offices in the park, any of which requires permission and ordering a guide (without a guide, the park is closed for visitors).
The total area of the national park is 190 square meters. meters. Not far from the park there is a place where diving enthusiasts from all over the world go. There are also extinct volcanoes, which also attract tourists.
190 sq. meters - a small area. But, it housed a huge variety of representatives of flora and fauna. Only birds number up to 160 species. Unique is the type of starling, which is called "Balinese", it is not found anywhere else in the world.
The world and variety of animals is also amazing. The coast is dotted with coral gardens, various species of sea cloisters.
If you decide to walk on foot, ordering a walk, remember: there are no outlets where you could buy water. Stock up on water. In time, such a walk can take more than five hours.
If you choose a popular route to the Teluk Tarima River area, you will have the opportunity to see giant squirrels and black monkeys. Such a walk will take about three hours.
Most diving enthusiasts will be offered to go to the island of Menjangan by boat. This also requires special permission. You can walk around the park, which is part of the protected area within an hour.
If you got to Bali from August to December, this will be the best time to visit the National Park.
Butubulan - the world famous village is located not far from Denpasar. There are always a lot of tourists here. Everyone wants to see Balinese national actors in a colorful performance in honor of the light deity Barong.
In the play they play folk percussion instruments, perform dance numbers. The actors are dressed in incredibly colorful costumes, and their faces are not visible due to the large amount of makeup. The basis of the performance is always some kind of historical or religious plot. The topic may be immortality or battles with the gods of evil.
Ask any tourist who has visited Bali, he will surely say that this is an indescribable sight.